WOODWARD – The Woodward-Granger softball team competed against other schools around the state at the Woodward-Granger Classic last weekend.
Woodward-Granger won two of its last three games before the Hawks hosted their tournament June 13-14. First, the team went on to defeat Madrid 5-2 June 9 on the road. Despite giving up five free passes, sophomore Dalaney Bice threw seven complete, struck out five and allowed just two hits. She followed her pitching dominance at the plate as well, hitting a solo home run. Freshman Riley Jamison (3-for-4) and junior Alison Soelberg (2-for-4) owned five of the Hawks nine hits in the win.
The Hawks then beat Panorama 9-1 in impressive fashion June 10. Woodward-Granger led as much as 7-0 after four innings played, thanks to the bats of senior Alyssa Jack and juniors Annie Webb and Jennifer Taylor. Jack went 3-for-4 with a triple and 2 RBI, Webb 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI and Taylor going 2-for-3. The trio combined hit seven of the Hawk’s 11 hits. Jamison picked up the win, logging four innings without allowing a run and striking out three batters. Bice finished the final three innings in relief, giving up one run (earned) and struck out two. Woodward-Granger would fall in its final game leading into their tournament, losing 4-1 at Earlham. Other than Perry and Woodward-Granger participating at the tournament, other softball programs competing included Pleasantville, Winterset, Ogden, Council Bluffs Lewis Central, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, Madrid, Nevada and East Sac. The Hawks won three out of its five games played.
Woodward-Granger started the first day of the tournament off with a 12-8 win over Pleasantville, but would then drop an 8-7 decision to Council Bluffs Lewis Central. Then, on the second day of the tournament, Woodward-Granger went 2-1 on the day with a 14-3 victory over Nevada, a 6-2 win over East Sac County, and a 3-1 loss to Perry rounding out the tournament.
Most recently, the Hawks earned the 11-1 win over Guthrie Center June 16 and routed West Central Valley, Stuart 8-6 in Stuart.
Bice is the team’s top hitter as of late, hitting third in the lineup. The sophomore boasts a batting average of .512 and owns team-highs in hits (22), doubles (6), RBI (20), home runs (4) and walks (9). Also the team’s primary starter inside the circle, Bice has a 6-5 record with 72 innings pitched so far this season. She has struck out 47 batters despite walking 42 and has compiled a 4.47 earned-run average.
Jamison has been just as dominant inside the circle for the Hawks, owning a 4-0 record and a 1.17 ERA in 18 innings thrown.
Woodward-Granger (11-6) hosts the Phil Creese Softball Tournament in Woodward Saturday, June 21, with games beginning as early as 10 a.m. The Hawks will play a pair of road games June 24 at Van Meter and June 25 at Ogden, but will return home June 26 when the team battles Madrid.